To The Daily Sun,
Senator Bernie Sanders is the best candidate for President of the United States.
There are many reasons for this opinion. One of the most important is his record of taking on problems facing the middle class and the poor. For 30 years, Sanders has fought for reforms such as: universal health care, free tuition at public colleges/universities, and fair trade that protects workers, the environment and American jobs. He wants to strengthen the social safety net that provides vital help for working class Americans who: cannot afford child care, have no doctor and face losing their jobs if they need to stay at home to care for a sick child or a newborn baby. Sanders has fought for these things because he believes it is right and moral to do so. Fighting for these issues makes him "...a democratic socialist," not a communist.
Sanders also has called for the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes. He wants to end tax loopholes for corporations that ship jobs overseas. He has called for raising income taxes for the rich to 50 percent. To Bernie, the top 1 percent should not be allowed to stash their wealth overseas to avoid paying taxes here. He proposes a Wall Street transaction tax to fund free public college for poor and middle class students. Under present tax law, Wall Street bankers can deduct, from their taxes, fines they have to pay for committing fraud! Does wanting to close this ridiculous loophole and these other reforms make Sanders a communist? No. Heʼs a democratic socialist. Whatʼs more, 67 percent or more of 1,500 likely voters polled agree with him on these tax issues.
A third reason for Sanders being the best candidate is the way heʼs running his campaign. He is the only candidate — of either party — who refuses to accept money from a super-PAC or other form of corporate donations. Does Bernie refuse big donations from corporate America because he hates capitalism and is therefore a communist? No. Bernie doesnʼt hate capitalism. But he understands that when capitalism runs completely free, only a very few gain and the many lose. The many lose jobs as in the Great Recession. They lose a clean environment. The many lose the social safety net, a net established to ameliorate the greed which capitalism feeds. They lose their democratic government because money starts to buy elections. The Koch brothers are committing $900 million to the 2016 elections, for example. In contrast, Bernie only solicits small donations from individual citizens, and heʼs being surprisingly successful at it. But is it such a surprise? No, because these donors realize that Bernie is one of them. At campaign events, he is outdrawing Hillary Clinton and any of the Republican candidates — even in "Red States." However, despite these successes and despite viewer polls which show Bernie winning the first Democratic debate, the mass media would have people believe that Sanders canʼt win — either in the primary or in the general election. The media keep repeating this claim over and over. Why? Perhaps itʼs because the mass media is owned by corporations or by wealthy families. Perhaps corporate America and the wealthy understand that if Bernie wins, itʼs us, the people, who win and not them.
Vote for the best candidate in the Democratic primary, and then for him in the general election next November. Vote for Bernie Sanders, and take the first step in taking back the government which is supposed to be "...of the people."
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